Rising Up and Rising Down (McSweeney's; abridged, Harper Collins)
In the past, we've discussed William Vollmann's novels, but this time our subject is his mammoth inquiry, a study of the history of violence, which fills seven large volumes. Vollmann explains his "moral calculus" -- a process for determining when, and if, violence is justified.
Read an excerpt from Rising Up and Rising Down.
William T. Vollmann